Tomek Lehnert was born in 1956 in Gdansk, Poland. He studied Civil Engineering at the Polytechnics of Gdansk and English literature at the University of Poznan, Poland. In January 1983, during martial law in Poland, Tomek met Lama Ole Nydahl, took Buddhist refuge and became Lama Ole’s student. In the following years, he received teachings and Buddhist empowerments from the main Karma Kagyu lamas in India and Nepal. Since 1988, together with Ole’s wife Hannah Nydahl and Caty Hartung, he has organised Lama Ole’s dharma activity and helped start Diamond Way Buddhist centers around the world. Tomek Lehnert is the author of ‘Rogues in Robes’, published in 1998, a chronicle of a controversy over the recognition of HH the 17th Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.